Research Fellow: Elucidating the role of Hox genes for circuit function Ref: 5502

School/department: Brighton and Sussex Medical School
Hours: full time hours considered up to a maximum of 1 FTE
Contract: fixed term until 31 December 2021
Reference: 5502
Salary: starting at £33,797 to £40,322 per annum, pro rata
Placed on: 16 February 2021
Closing date: 4 March 2021.  Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date.
Expected start date: 1 April 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter.  

Job description

Applications are invited for a Wellcome Trust funded Research Fellow position (Postdoc or close to PhD completion) to join the lab of Dr. Jimena Berni in the Brighton and Sussex Medical School, situated in the University of Sussex Falmer campus. We investigate how Hox genes orchestrate the diversification of motor circuits during nervous system development. The position is available for 9 months starting on the 1st of April or as soon as possible thereafter.

The post-holder will start at a critical stage where the last results need to be gathered to finish a publication. They will use Drosophila melanogaster to follow up on our recent discovery that the neuronal morphology of neurons is regulated by the post mitotic expression of Hox genes.

They will investigate the functional relevance of Hox genes-controlled morphologies for the specification of local circuit and the integration across different networks. They will use a multilevel approach analysing activity (using calcium imaging) in individual neurons, circuits (using thermos/optoc-genetics) and evaluating behaviour (with FIM).

Essential skills:

- PhD in developmental biology or neuroscience, or be close to the completion of their degree

- Experience performing and analysing behaviour experiments

- Excellent analytic, design, and scientific skills

- Good interpersonal skills and an ability to work as part of a team

- The ability to organise time and work effectively, independently and responsibly

Desirable skills:

- Prior experience working with Drosophila and/or performing calcium imaging experiments would be beneficial

- Prior experience in fluorescent microscopy and genetics would be an advantage.

 Applications should include a C.V. and a brief statement of your scientific background and why you would like to join the lab.

 Please contact Dr. Jimena Berni, for informal enquiries.

 The University is committed to equality and valuing diversity, and applications are particularly welcomed from women and black and minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts in Science, Technology, Engineering, Medicine and Mathematics (STEMM) at Sussex.The University of Sussex values the diversity of its staff and students and we welcome applicants from all backgrounds.

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